NFL Picks: Power Rankings Heading Into Week 7

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1:31 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 1:31 PM GMT

Once again Denver remains in the top spot but, who's climbing and who's falling? Find out as we review each team in order to assist with our NFL picks for this coming week.

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1. Denver Broncos (6-0) - Peyton Manning proved he's mortal and the Broncos were not sharp, yet the Orange Crush rolls to win number six but fails to cover the extraordinary number against the Jags.

2. Seattle Seahawks (5-1) - Uncharacteristically sloppy play by the Hawks yet they were still able to defeat the Titans and climb to number two.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0) - Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse, these Chiefs possess a bruising defense which allows them to prevail despite a decidedly pedestrian offense.

4. New England Patriots (5-1) - Tom Brady engineered one of the most spectacular come-from-behind victories in the history of the sport on Sunday when he willed his team to a shocking victory over the Saints in the dying moments of the game. How good would this team be with Welker, Gronkowski and Hernandez?!

5. New Orleans Saints (5-1) - The Saints were exactly five seconds away from being 6-0 and maintaining the number two spot in our NFL power rankings but it was not to be as they fell to the evil genius Bill Belichick and his pretty boy assassin Tom Terrific.

6. San Francisco 49'ers (4-2) - After two consecutive early season hiccups the Niners are getting back on track and handled a very capable Arizona Cardinals squad with relative ease.

7. Green Bay Packers (3-2) - Aaron Rodgers and the Packers went into Baltimore, picked a fight with the World Champions and came out on top - but only barely.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) - The week after a huge win over the Patriots, the Cats almost gave away a winnable road game until they rebounded in OT to beat the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

9. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) - Luck was not with the Colts on Monday night as he was standing on the sidelines too often and watching the Bolts move the chains. Colts three-game streak is snapped with a 19-9 loss in San Diego.

10. Detroit Lions (4-2) - No Megatron, no problem, as Matthew Stafford targets Joseph Fauria for three touchdown strikes and the Lions roar on the highway in Cleveland.

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11. Chicago Bears (4-2) - The Bears made Eli Manning's life miserable after picking him off three times and handing Big Blue another defeat.

12. Baltimore Ravens (3-3) - The Baltimore defense is still tough as nails but offensively the ground game has gone amongst the missing. Ravens hang and bang with the Pack but ultimately bow 19-17 at home.

13. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) - Special teams won the day for the Boyz as Dallas triumphs in dominating fashion against RGIII and the Redskins.

14. San Diego Chargers (3-3) - The Bolts looked like the team their fans have expected to see for the last three years as they dominated time of possession while Phillip Rivers executed without any hiccups en route to a big win over the Colts.

15. Miami Dolphins (3-2) - The Fish had a week off to reflect upon their narrow loss to the Ravens but this team has me a bit confuzzled (if I may steal a vocabulary word out of my daughter's dictionary). Are they amongst the best or simply among the rest?

16. Cleveland Browns (3-3) - You've got to give props to the Brownies this season. They play every team tough and their defense is not to be trifled with, despite lapsing against the Lions juggernaut.

17. Tennessee Titans (3-3) - The Titans are another head scratching team. They beat up the weak sisters but bow to the bullies. I guess that puts them somewhere in the middle of the pack which is why they are...right here!

18. St. Louis Rams (3-3) - The Rams have lost on the road to Atlanta and Dallas while dropping a home game to the 49'ers. All tough teams and now they even their record with a shocking road victory over the Texans. Could be a dark horse.

19. Arizona Cardinals (3-3) - There's no shame in losing to the Niners at The Stick which is exactly what the Cards did on Sunday but they're still a gritty defensive team that has a wily veteran in Carson Palmer manning the offense.

20. Buffalo Bills (2-4) - The Bills seem to play everyone tough as they did again on Sunday when they took the Bengals into OT but despite a top-notch ground game they're not good enough anywhere else to be a legitimate threat.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) - Sure they may have beaten the hapless Giants the week before but putting up 31 points against a stout Bucs defense is impressive despite Tampa's 0-6 record. Maybe the Iggles are comin' around?!

22. Atlanta Falcons (1-4) - The Dirty Birds had to be downright miserable during their bye week after losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Jets for their fourth loss in five tries. Though they're not as good as anyone predicted they would be in the preseason I can't help but think they're not this bad either.

23. Houston Texans (2-4) - How the hell did the Texans get romped at home by the Rams? Really, Coach Kubiak? Are you kidding me? Do you know how many assisted suicides you're responsible for in pools all over the nation? This team is tough on paper but weak on the field.

24. New York Jets (3-3) - Though I am one of the few and perhaps the only Patriots fan that loves Rex Ryan, I am concerned that this defense is coming unglued. In addition, the offense could not mount an effective drive against the previously winless Steelers en route to a 19-6 home loss. Ugh!

25. Carolina Panthers (2-3) - In their two wins the Panthers tallied 38 points in a shutout victory over the Giants and then last Sunday struck for 35 on Minnesota's home turf. Is this offensive explosion only possible against weak teams? Looks like it.

26. Oakland Raiders (2-4) - The Raiders were simply outclassed at Arrowhead on Sunday and will continue to be on the short end of the stick unless they can create some offense through the air.

27. Washington Redskins (1-4) - I'm not sure if the Redskins are really the best of the rest here but they are the only team this low that could potentially reel off five or six victories in a row due in large part to RGIII.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4) - We knew it was just a matter of time before Big Ben and the Steelers notched their first victory and it came at the expense of the Jets. Defense looked tight but there's still no rushing attack.

29. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-6) - The normally stout Bucs defense withered under the pressing attack of Nick Foles and the high-flying Eagles on Sunday. The vultures are circling around head coach Greg Schiano's head.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-4) - The Vikings have only the Giants and Jaguars to thank for them not being on the bottom of this NFL barrel. Even AP can't save this bunch.

31. New York Giants (0-6) - The train wreck that is the New York Giants this season has certainly fascinated even the most casual fan but now something even more intriguing looms. Has Eli Manning lost his mojo, his mechanics, nay even his talent?!

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6) - Maybe the fact that the Jags covered the all-important number against the Broncos restores some validity to the old saying that "on any given Sunday..." but let's face it, they still stink.

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